Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Thursday inaugurated a park in Ikeja, and named it after retired Rear Admiral Ndubusi Kanu, a former governor of the state.
Speaking at the inauguration, Fashola said he named the park after Kanu in recognition of his service to the state and his consistent role in promoting the ideals of 12 June 1993 elections.
NAN reports that the new park created on a land area of 17,195 sq metres, has trees, playing ground, a multi-purpose hall, garden seats and lights, walkways and a parking lot.
“Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu has been a long distance runner in his choice and commitments he made 21 years ago.
“Year on year as I can remember, I cannot remember any June 12 anniversary that he did not participate in.
“All office bearers today across the country must continue to remember that if those who stood up for democracy did not do so, we may not be office bearers today.
“Therefore, I dedicate this park in honour of Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, not only for his service to the state as one of my predecessors, but also for his support for democracy,” he said.
Fashola said that the creation of the park as well as the other ones in the state was one of the government’s strategies to create opportunities and mitigate the negative impact of climate change.
Responding, an elated Kanu said the naming of the park after him came as a surprise, he thanked the governor for the gesture and dedicated the structure to all those who stood for democracy.
He said that he had always seen and admired the park even when it was under construction but could not have imagined it would be named after him on completion.